Karl L. Gechlik

Joined December 2007

Karl L. Gechlik here from AskTheAdmin.com doing a weekly guest blogging spot for our new found friends at MakeUseOf.com. I run my own consulting company, manage AskTheAdmin.com and work a full 9 to 5 job on Wall Street as a System Administrator.

Feel free to contact at karl@asktheadmin.com

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Water Werks Game – Wet Your Whistle With Some Fun

20th January, 2010

Hey there boys and girls.  Not all my posts can be about troubleshooting and fixing computer issues. Sometimes I need a break and I want to write about some fun stuff too. So today I am going to show you a Lemming’s like game that you can play in your browser called Water Werks. The […]


Top 3 Portable Network Analysis and Diagnostics Tools

19th January, 2010

In my last post I spoke about Windows system commands and touched on a few portable network analysis tools. Today we will look into those applications and another few portable applications. We will talk about Angry IP Scanner, WireShark and Network Stuff. Using these applications in conjunction with the commands we covered previously, you should […]


7 Simple Steps To Diagnose A Network Problem

17th January, 2010

It is no secret that I deal with network and user issues every day within multiple corporate networks. I need to have a easy to use toolkit ready to go when I need to act fast. So my first line of defense (or troubleshooting) are built-in Windows tools. There are a couple of basic commands […]


Make Online Shareable Notes With Ketchup

15th January, 2010

Do you have a job? Or maybe you are a student. Either way you are both sitting through some sort of lecture. It may be a meeting or a class and you need to take notes in an easy to input, easy to understand manner. When I was in school (yeah you young whippersnappers I […]


Conveniently Twitter While Browsing In Firefox With Echofon’s Brilliant Plugin

14th January, 2010

Do you find yourself constantly switching back and forth between your work and Twitter? Does it kill your time and productivity? What if there was a way to check your tweets from a pop-out window within your browser? What if it showed you a constantly updated counter of how many unread tweets you have? What […]


The Best Websites To Find Free Virus & Malware Fixes

13th January, 2010

Free things are hard to come by especially when you are dealing with computer issues. Believe it or not Symantec offers a free method to remove viruses. They have both detailed removal instructions and standalone tools to help you clean up your mess. NAI aka MacAfee also offers this but I prefer Symantec to NAI […]


Blosics – A Physics Game That Happens To Be FUN!

12th January, 2010

Sometimes the day gets to be too much for me with hundreds of requests coming in and I can’t keep up.  When that happens you might think I need to kick into overdrive and double my output. Um but it does not work that way. I need to clear my head and relax for a […]


Speccy – An Advanced System Information Tool For Your PC

10th January, 2010

I was just able to check out the latest beta of Speccy from the makers of CCleaner which we have covered here. Speccy gives you an awesome amount of advanced system information about your PC from a tiny portable application. I downloaded the application from here. It is available in both a portable and an […]


2 Websites With The Coolest Free Web Page Templates

8th January, 2010

Are you a web designer? Do you have a need or urge to design your own website? Nowadays it is easier then ever with the plethora of FREE web page templates available to be downloaded, modified and uploaded to your own site! People would have loved these types of sites 10 years ago! Some of […]


The Best Mugshot Websites To Check Out Your Criminal Side

7th January, 2010

Bored are you? Maybe you are looking for a way to pass the time. And what better way to amuse yourself then looking at people who have gone over to the dark side so to speak. Of course I am talking about looking at people’s mugshots online! Famous and common people alike. And yes you […]


2 Cool Windows Mobile Apps For Astronomy Enthusiasts

6th January, 2010

I took astronomy in college. I always liked to gaze at the stars but today I really have no real knowledge of the heavens other than what was covered in school. Where I live, I also do not get a chance to see the stars or constellations in the sky due to smog, pollution and […]


Fennec – The Firefox Solution for Windows Mobile

5th January, 2010

>This blog post talks about the latest alpha milestone release of Fennec, the Firefox app for Windows Mobile. You can grab the CAB file directly from your handheld here. I love Firefox on any and every platform so this got me excited. I looked around the web for others who have tried it out and found […]


Grab Screenshots On Your Windows Mobile Device With Screen Capture

1st January, 2010

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a good time last night! But back to the daily grind and my next article. I often get asked how I take screenshots of my running Windows Mobile applications. I have jumped around from application to application and settled down on a simple program that allows […]


How to Configure IMAP Email in Windows Mobile

31st December, 2009

I recently upgraded my email to Google Applications for domains. So in essence I get all the Gmail goodness with my own email addresses. The first thing I did after switching over was setup my Windows Mobile device to fetch my email via IMAP instead of POP3. We discussed this in detail on the differences […]


How To Build A Music Jukebox Using An Old PC

30th December, 2009

I have a ton of old machines with Windows 2000 and Windows XP on them. Some of them aren’t even that old or slow. I see plenty of Pentium 4 machines in the bunch so I want to repurpose one of them as a music jukebox. A jukebox is something I grew up with in […]